Selected hydrologic data for the upper Rio Hondo basin, Lincoln County, New Mexico, 1945-2003

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Title Selected hydrologic data for the upper Rio Hondo basin, Lincoln County, New Mexico, 1945-2003
Creator Donohoe, Lisa C.
Subject Hydrology; Water levels; Aquifers
Spatial Coverage Rio Grande; New Mexico
Description Demands for ground and surface water have increased in the upper Rio Hondo Basin due to increases in development and population. Local governments are responsible for land-use and development decisions and, therefore, the governments need information about water resources in their areas. Hydrologic data were compiled for the upper Rio Hondo Basin and water-level data were collected during two synoptic measurements in March and July 2003. Water-level data from March 2003 were contoured and compared with contours constructed in 1963. The 5,600-, 5,700-, and 5,800-foot March 2003 contours indicate that water levels rose. The 5,500-foot contour for March 2003 indicates a decline in water level. The 5,400-foot contour of March 2003 and the 1963 contour mostly coincide, indicating a static water level. The 5,300- and 5,200-foot contours for March 2003 cross the 1963 contours, indicating a decline in water levels near the Rio Ruidoso but a rise in water levels near the Rio Bonito. In eight hydrographs, 2003 water levels are shown to be higher than water levels from the mid- to late 1950's in five of the eight wells. For the same period of record, water levels in the three remaining wells were lower. Rising and declining water levels were highest in the northern part of the study area; the median rise was 4.01 feet and the median decline was 3.51 feet. In the southern part of the study area, the median water-level rise was 2.21 feet and the median decline was 1.56 feet.
Publisher U. S. Geological Survey
Contributors Lincoln County
Date 2004
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Digitization Specifications pdf file copied from USGS website (http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/sir/2004/5275/). Uploaded into CONTENTdm version 3.7.
Identifier http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/sir/2004/5275/
Source Donohoe, Lisa C., Selected hydrologic data for the upper Rio Hondo basin, Lincoln County, New Mexico, 1945-2003, Reston, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5275, 28 p.
Language eng
Rights Management Public Domain, Courtesy of the USGS
Holding Institution University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Kristin Willmore
ARK ark:/87278/s6513x4h
Setname wwdl_er
Date Created 2005-08-23
Date Modified 2005-08-23
ID 1145820
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6513x4h
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